Press Releases

January 26, 2017

Warner & Kaine Urge Trump To Exempt Entire VA From Hiring Freeze

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In a letter to President Trump citing the devastating impact his federal hiring freeze will have on veterans and their families, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine urged the President to exempt the entire VA and all veterans seeking federal jobs from his executive order. Warner and Kaine emphasized that the hiring freeze will add to the chronic workforce shortages that are plaguing the VA, and that more administrative and medical support staff are needed at VA … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Senators Introduce Bill To Authorize Delayed V-A Medical Leases

WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), along with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and 14 other Senators, reintroduced the bipartisan Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act, legislation that would authorize pending leases for 24 Department of Veterans Affairs (V-A) medical facilities in 15 states. The bill seeks to improve veteran's access to healthcare through the approval of these medical leases, which would allow the V-A to open needed healthcare facilities for which the V-A … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Kaine, Portman Introduce Bipartisan JOBS Act To Help Workers Access Training For In-Demand Career Fields

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Rob Portman (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, introduced the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, a bill that would help students access training for the 5.5 million vacant jobs that are unfilled in part due to a shortage of qualified workers. The JOBS Act would close this "skills-gap" by expanding Pell Grant eligibility to cover high-quality and rigorous short-term … Continue Reading


January 25, 2017

Kaine To Oppose Betsy DeVos For Secretary of Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released the following statement today on the nomination of Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education: "I will oppose Betsy DeVos's nomination. She failed to meet three requirements I consider essential to serving as Secretary of Education - someone who is pro-public schools, pro-accountability and pro-civil rights. Over 90 percent of our nation's children attend public schools. … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Warner & Kaine Sponsor Bipartisan Legislation To Permanently Repeal The Global Gag Rule

WASHINGTON - One day after President Trump issued an executive order to reinstate the Global Gag Rule, U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA), joined Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Susan Collins (R-ME) and 39 other Senators to introduce the Global Health, Empowerment, and Rights (HER) Act, which would permanently repeal the harmful policy. The Global Gag Rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy, bans foreign non-governmental organizations that receive U.S. aid from using their own … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Kaine Questions OMB Director Nominee Mick Mulvaney On Trump Administration Actions That Hurt The Federal Workforce, Views On Climate Change

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, participated in a hearing on the nomination of U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Pressing Mulvaney on his record on federal workforce issues as well as recent Trump Administration actions that would hurt federal employees - including 170,000 Virginians - Kaine asked, "How is calling federal employees 'corrupt and beholden to special … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Kaine: Trade Policies Must Better Support Middle Class In Danville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine provided testimony at the International Trade Commission (ITC) in support of the United Steelworkers in their case against unfairly traded Chinese imports of truck and bus tires. Kaine represents more than 2,000 Virginia workers at the Goodyear truck and bus tire plant in Danville and over 1,800 of these workers are members of USW Local 831. Danville's workers are looking for the chance to compete fairly and on a level playing field with … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Kaine Statement On Executive Orders To Advance Keystone XL And Dakota Access Pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today after President Trump signed executive orders to advance the construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines: "President Trump's decision on the Dakota Access Pipeline today is particularly concerning given his and Energy Secretary nominee Rick Perry's longstanding ties to the builder of the pipeline. "I opposed Keystone XL because it would accelerate the development of tar sands oil - one of the … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Rubio, Kaine Reintroduce Legislation to Combat Anti-Semitism in Europe

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Tim Kaine (D-VA), members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today reintroduced the Combating European Anti-Semitism Act, legislation that addresses the growing problem of anti-Semitism across Europe. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), David Perdue (R-GA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Boozman (R-AR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), James Lankford (R-OK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Brian Schatz (D-HI) are cosponsors. "The … Continue Reading


January 24, 2017

Bipartisan resolution reaffirms U.S.-Argentina partnership and recognizes Argentina’s recent economic reforms

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.), Marco Rubio (R-Fl.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and James Lankford (R-Okla.) introduced a resolution yesterday that reaffirms the partnership between the United States and Argentina and recognizes the economic reforms implemented by Argentina since its election of President Mauricio Macri in November 2015. Representatives Jeff Duncan (R-S.C. 3) and Albio Sires (D-N.J. 8), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere subcommittee of the … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Kaine Urges Committee To Hold Additional Hearing On Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos And Include More Hearing Witnesses For Labor Secretary Nominee Andrew Puzder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, joined his colleagues in calling on HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander to hold an additional hearing on the nomination of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and include more witnesses for any hearing on Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder so that the American people have the information needed to determine whether President Trump's nominees are fit for their … Continue Reading


January 23, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Confirm Representative Mike Pompeo As CIA Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today on his vote to confirm Representative Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): "I voted in favor of the nomination of Representative Mike Pompeo for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. With his experience on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Pompeo has a keen understanding of the CIA's role in the … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Kaine Statement On Vote To Confirm General John Kelly

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today on his vote to confirm General John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security: "I voted in favor of the nomination of General John Kelly for Secretary of Homeland Security. General Kelly is well-prepared to maintain strong security operations at Virginia's two global ports of entry-Dulles International Airport and the Port of Virginia. From … Continue Reading


January 20, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $800,000 For Preservation Of Virginia’s Civil Rights Legacy In Richmond & Danville

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $818,090 in funding to preserve African American Civil Rights Movement sites at the Williams Community Resource Center in Danville and the Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond. "Virginia is home to many sites that were key in the fight for civil rights and equality. I am pleased that this funding will help protect this part of American history for many generations to come," said Warner. "African American … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce More Than $6 Million For Investments In Virginia Infrastructure, Health And Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced $6,236,062 in funding for infrastructure development, health services and Head Start programs throughout Virginia. Today's funding is available through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). "We're proud to announce this funding to make improvements in public health, critical infrastructure projects and early childhood education to the benefit of … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Warner, Kaine Announce More Than $3 Million In Funding For Southwest Virginia Economic Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded more than $3 million to promote manufacturing, higher education, and workforce development programs in Southwest Virginia. The funding comes as part of the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative, a multi-agency effort aligning and targeting federal economic and workforce development resources to communities … Continue Reading


January 19, 2017

Kaine Statement On Nominations Of Nikki Haley, Tom Price, And Betsy Devos

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees, released the following statement today on the nominations of Nikki Haley to be Ambassador to the United Nations, Tom Price to be Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Betsy DeVos to be Secretary of Education after participating in the three nominees' confirmation hearings this week: "I will support the nomination of Governor Haley to be … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Kaine Questions UN Ambassador Nominee Nikki Haley on Freedom of Press, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Foreign Interference in U.S. Election and Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, participated in a hearing on the nomination of Governor Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (UN). Kaine questioned Haley on the importance of freedom of the press - both at home and abroad - as well as her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and her commitment to protecting the integrity of nations' electoral processes and to upholding the … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Kaine To Trump Nominee Tom Price: Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Chip & Planned Parenthood Are Pillars Of Health Care That Can’t Be Dismantled

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, participated in a hearing on the nomination of U.S. Representative Tom Price to serve as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Kaine raised concerns over Price's efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dismantle Medicare and Medicaid, and restrict access to women's reproductive health care, as well as Price's comments that the Children's Health Insurance … Continue Reading


January 18, 2017

Warner & Kaine Announce Nearly $23 Million To Construct New School In Norfolk

WASHINGTON - Today, Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced that the City of Norfolk and Norfolk Public Schools will receive a $22,948,800 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to pay for demolition and new construction of the Camp Allen Elementary School. The new school will serve 571 students in pre-K through fifth grade, and address capacity issues and the deteriorating facility of the current Camp Allen Elementary School. Funding for this competitive grant is provided … Continue Reading

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